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W San Francisco Corner Room Tour: It's a Girl

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  Site Where: 181 3rd St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
April 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Long established as one of our least favorite W hotels in the world, this month we returned to W SF to check out the new room designs slash renovations. While this particular W is never going to be able to hide the fact that it was first built to be a Radisson, then switched to a W at the eleventh hour, back in 1999, the latest interior renovations definitely raise the W SF up a couple notches in our book.

The renovations are Asian-femme -- white and pastel-y with plenty of soft touches. No doubt the W brand's glory days began with the launch of W Montreal and ended after the opening of W Hong Kong. Earlier W's like the one in SF and later W's, like the one in Boston, have never met the standards of the 2005 - 2008 era.

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Best Hotel WiFi Spot: W San Francisco

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  Site Where: 181 Third Street [map], San Francisco, ca, United States, 94103
April 25, 2007 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

These days everyone is looking for four bar, non-complicated, hotel WiFi when they check in. Sure there are a bunch of hotel WiFi lists out there, but they are quickly out of date and unreliable.  This week, as a lead up to our popular annual hotel WiFi report, we will let you know our favorite WiFi hotels in five hot travel destinations. The rules are simple. The signal has to fast, and reliable, the cost should be free (at the very least free for guests) and the WiFi experience at these hotels offer a comfortable surfing environment. Have a city or destination you want us to investigate? Let us know. And if you have a favorite WiFi hotel you are willing to share, no matter where it is send it our way.

W Hotel :: San  Francisco, CA

We've said it before and we'll say it again. The W San Francisco gave us one of the best hotel WiFi experiences we've had in this city by the bay. Don't get us wrong. San Fran's seemingly thousands of hotels do a pretty good job of offering guests free and working internet access. However, there's always some sort of catch.

The Hotel Adagio had free wifi but the lobby was incredibly small. Personality Hotels also has it but when we tried to take our laptops into the Hotel Diva lounges and the lobby, it wouldn't work so well. Even the city's green hotel, Orchard Garden Hotel, has free WiFi but again, no place outside your room to use it.

Best Part:
Aside from getting free WiFi in a W hotel, which like never happens, we love the laid-back, spacious (it's got two levels) and quiet lobby with couches and available outlets. So we can get some work done before heading off to the excellent tapas restaurant across the street, the Thirsty Bear. The hotel is also close to the MOMA but beware, the lobby does become sort of a hotspot at night so get your work done before night falls.

Related Stories:
·Hotels in San Francisco [HotelChatter]
·W Hotel San Francisco reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Nick Denton's Back of the Envelope San Francisco Hotel Review

April 18, 2007 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The St. Regis San Francisco is a tech networking hub

Over on Valleywag Interim Editor Nick Denton recently gave us his take on the W San Francisco:

W is a complete shit hole. It was originally designed to be a fucking Radisson, and at the last minute was changed into a W. So, sure, in LA or New York, the W is a great place to meet and greet. But in San Francisco, it's a dirty, sloppily designed crap shack with an over-sexed set of regulars wasting their time grinding against each other upstairs.

And besides, who the shit would pay $12 for a glass of Ravenswood?

Ha. A former Radisson, that totally make sense--SF isn't the only town where a half-assed renovation now flies a W flag. Though we still like the fact that W SF boasts free lobby WiFi, and once held a leftover case of beer at the front desk until a guest's friend could procure it.

So where should those going to next week's ad:tech, and other SF based conferences go for a real schmooze fest? According to Denton, the San Francisco St. Regis:

The St. Regis is the only place any self respecting gajillionaire would ever stay in San Francisco, and it's the only place to get a glass of the Balvenie after a conference at the Moscone.

Oh, and while the Valleywag masthead may call Nick an "Interim Editor", he is really far closer to a "self-respecting gajillionaire" than he lets on.

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Room with an Anti-View: Office Workers Don't Always Like To Watch

Where: 299 2nd St [map], San Francisco, ca, United States, 94105
November 30, 2006 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

Aaron Gustafson took this anti-view photo from room 417 at the Courtyard by Marriott in SF. But, wait, is the view of an office building really so vile? No, this anti-view story has more to do with what the people from a certain travel company had to endure on a near-daily basis every time they glanced up from their cubicle. Yeah, we have flipped the script, try to follow along. You see, according to our sources, these office folks were presented with an unfettered view of a certain room at the Courtyard by Marriott SF. What did they see that was so appalling? We paraphrase below:

Our office windows looked straight into the Courtyard by Marriott in SF. Everyday, endlessly it seemed, we were unfortunate enough to be treated to a Courtyard guest that preferred to prance around in the nude. The business traveler seemed completely unaware that our entire office could see directly into his hotel room. Finally enough was enough and a co-worker posted a sign on our window that read "We can see you, all of you." That ended the fright.

Granted, we heard this story after a vodka tonic or two, so the details may not be exact, but the lessons remain the same. If you are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in SF, close the curtains unless you enjoy subjecting yourself to the stares of giggling tech workers. Furthermore, if you get a job at a SOMA company at 303 Second Street, recommend a gray cube away from the windows.